Wednesday, June 8, 2011


So I go to weigh in tonight and what happens......a 2 lb gain! I was in shock. I must of said "are you kidding me?!" really loud because the meeting was all of the sudden quiet. (I forgot to post last week that I lost 2.2 lbs [total of -24]). So as of today I'm -22. I went to the gym immediately to walk and do the elliptical. I spent 30 minutes doing each of the machines' weight loss programs.
I decided while I was walking it was the scale. It had to be. Was WW sabotaging me? Of course not! There's no way but I had to check. I stepped onto the scale and was mystified again. The scale at the gym read the same thing.
How on earth could this be! In the past week, I've done 6 elliptical workouts, 3 zumba classes, 2 walking workouts and 4 days of toning. It makes no sense. Could this week be the week Aunt Flo decides to show up? My friend blames the heatwave we're having as if we're retaining water (she had a gain as well).
I just have to keep pushing. I have to get this weight off me. I've started articles to start writing a grant for work while on the treadmill and elliptical and I came across an review about Gestational Weight Gain (GWG). The numbers of how many woman who are considered obese based on their BMI and become pregnant is alarming. However, studies have shown lifestyle modifications prior and during prenatal care in women who are obese have been beneficial to the point that these women tend to loose 6-8 kgs (12-16 lbs) more than woman who are considered to have normal prenatal BMIs.
The article was also confident that exercise throughout pregnancy is beneficial. This is crucial for me. My RE suggested that if I were to be pregnant that I be cautious with the amount of exercise I do. Now...of course I'd have to probably give up Zumba during a pregnancy but I don't see why I couldn't walk. This particular article supports walking in pregnant woman to maintain a healthy GWG.
Tomorrow is a new day. I'm not going to let this gain get me down. I just have to keep pushing and know that all my hard work should eventually catch up with me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Biggest Loser Final & WW Weigh In Anticipation

Did you see the Biggest Loser last night!? Holy cow. What a transformation! Talk about inspiration. Hannah, Oliva and I all have the same body type. Well they both had...I still do but I'm working on it. I'm tempted to print out pictures of their transformations and keep them posted someplace but that's a little crazy stalker like, right? I would love to be in the 120s someday....probably not in 5 months though. That's a little unrealistic. I've always wondered how the Biggest Loser contestants maintain when they're not on the ranch but in real life again. Yes, they follow their diets and go to the gym. But seriously, they can't be spending 8+ hours a day working out when they're back home.

Today is weigh in day at WW! Like I said on Monday...I am siked. The gym kept me truthful to what I eat and how much work I am putting into this. I'll be back with the results. :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

I feel GREAT!!!!

I have to smack myself. I've been prolonging joining the gym because I've had it stuck in my head that I can't afford it. Well, the women's fitness center is go cheap. It breaks down to $1.00 a day. I know I can sacrific $1.00 a day for my health and future family.

I've gone to 2 zumba classes since Wednesday. I've absolutely LOVED them! I forget about the time and just dance. I do come out sweating like crazy but HEY....sweating is healthy.

I just got home from the gym. Unfortunately, there was no Zumba class tonight but I did my share of working out. I spend 30 minutes on the eliptical (I have to calculate how many activity points I get for that). Then I spent 45 minutes weights for my arms, legs, backs, and abs. I feel great. I kind of CANNOT wait for weigh in on Wednesday. :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Wow! I guess I really haven't followed through with tracking my weight loss efforts. These past few weeks have been hectic. Nothing has changed significantly weight wise. My total weight loss however is now -22.4 lbs. Not bad but still not great.

Things are about to change in my life though. The hubby and I had our first appointment with an RE today. My suspcions were confirmed. I do have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). It was quite apparent on the internal ultrasound. Our RE was very informative. He did express my excessive weight will make getting pregnant, staying pregnant and having an easy pregnancy difficult. He really made me nervous with the kind of birth defects a baby could have if I were to be pregnant at this weight. The RE did give me a prescription and directions for Clomid. He was not discouraging at all but it got me thinking. We definitely want to start our family but why add an additional risk?

After our appointment, the RE sent me for some blood work. He wants to see what some hormone levels are like and to see if by chance I'm ovulating now. (I highly doubt it.) I'm supposed to call his nurse tomorrow to find out the results of the tests. When I talk to her, I'm going to express to her my concerns with staying at my current weight and starting Clomid. The hubby and I had a nice long chat during lunch and decided I'm going to work hard (joined a gym after lunch) and loose at least another 10% of my body weight then start the Clomid.

I'll be attending my first Zumba class tomorrow night. I've been working on recipes from Hungry Girl's and Rocco's Dispirito's cookbooks. Some of the recipes are to die for!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I know I know

I've been MIA for a while. The pups were in a DockDog competition a couple weeks ago. The only difference with this competition is that the club we belong was in charge of putting on the event. Todd and I were exhausted by the time we got home. I think we both were lucky to get home in one piece. I know I caught myself falling asleep a couple times as we drove home from Worcester, MA.

Last week, I managed to stay the same. -18.6. I was really hoping to get closer to that -20 but I've come to realize staying the same is just as successful as a loss.

This week was so not normal. The family got together and celebrated my aunt's, cousin's and my birthday. Of course there was cannoli cake (which I did split with Todd so I didn't feel as guilty). I ended up losing -0.4. So I've lost -19 pounds. I guess I'm just expecting more out of myself.

I can't wait for the warmer weather. I can get the dogs back to the park where they get to run and I'll walk for at least an hour. I'm beginning to think "zumbaing" for 45 minutes a day isn't going to cut it.

I made an appointment for an OB/GYN at UCONN in April. I cannot wait because it seems like all that I hear and see is someone is having or had a baby. Don't get me wrong I'm happy for everyone I just wish I could share in the excitement.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I think I could float.....

I've been trying really hard to get all my water in these past few days. I've been averaging 36-48 ounces. Definitely not enough but I still feel like I could float away. It seems like I spend 1/2 my day running to the restroom with all the water I'm drinking. Thanks to Annie from Annie's Weighs and I have been keeping tabs on each other with our water.

I have to catch up on my exercise too. Friday was my day off from exercise. Saturday, I was hoping to squeeze it as Todd and I were preparing for my father in-laws retirement party. We did all the prepping and by the time we were done I was exhausted and just didn't have the energy. The party was a success on Sunday. It was great to see all the family and friends. The only bad thing on Sunday was I didn't exercise again.

Monday, Tuesday and today I "Zumba'd". I also spent 90 minutes today shoveling the driveway. CT has been getting slammed every couple of days. I don't know where we're going to continue to put the snow but my arms and shoulders are getting a great workout having to lift it practically above my head. (Yes, that is how tall some of the snow piles are.)

Weigh in is tomorrow evening. Cross you fingers for me because I just have this feeling I gained this week.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting my groove back?!

Morning! Holy cow have I been busy! This past week, Todd and I have been busy preparing for my father in-law's surprise retirement party. It's this Sunday and we're doing all the prep for about 60 people. The Italian in me is really coming out because I'm worried we don't have enough food. So I keep adding things to the menu. :)
I've also been zumba-ing my butt off for the past 2 weeks! Todd bought me the ZUMBA for the playstation 3 (he wanted the playstation move bundle so he could play other games.) I have been addicted to it! I started off doing 3 20 minute sessions or classes. Now I've been doing a class and a 45 minute challenge on-line. I just have to say....I love you Playstation & ZUMBA. You have made loosing weight so much fun for me!!!!
The best news....are you ready for this! In the past 2 weeks, I've lost 4.4 lbs for a total weight loss of 17.6 lbs! I am sooooo excited. Finally some progress since my non-chalant attitude during the holiday season. I even am starting to notice some results, my pants in the waist and legs are a little looser.
Has anyone heard about the amount of snow we've had in CT? We're breaking all sort of records this year. I just heard at Bradley Internation Airport 77.13 inches have been reported for this winter season. Dude! I'm 62 (almost 63 inches). But you know what bring it on mother nature! I spent all day yesterday (after receiving 12 more inches) shoveling and chopping ice off the driveway. My arms, back and legs are killing me but the workout I got from shoveling all morning long is well worth it to me! Anyone have a driveway they need shoveled? :)
Oh! By the way, someone needs to remind me to post a picture. I have to show you the pairs of pants I had to get rid of because they were too big. I couldn't believe I thought about wearing them. They were practically falling off the other day.